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B&B Looking For Mature Australian Actress To Play Recurring Role!

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The Bold and the Beautiful may just be bringing in the mother of Ivy Forrester (Ashleigh Brewer) to the canvas, if speculation is correct.

According to Soap Opera Digest, the CBS soap and international hit series, is looking to cast a woman 50-60 years old, who must be Australian.

The casting call is for the character known as “Claire”, and is expected to be filled shortly, and to tape within a few weeks.  Brewer herself mentioned in an interview with SOD, that Ivy’s mother had somewhat of a fear of flying, so if the character were ever to appear she would have to find another way to get to California!

So, who would you suggest for the role of “Claire”?  Put your casting director hats on and give us your best suggestion!

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Ivy’s mom ***IS*** named Claire – or at least, John called her that in a conversation with Eric. Of course, B&B conveniently forgot that Taylor’s surname was originally Ashford when they decided to change it to Hamilton, and that Jessica Forrester’s mom was originally said to be Hannah until Barbara Crampton came on as Maggie. Maybe they are getting it right this time?

Mark Y
Mark Y

Jessica Forrester??

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Yes—she was played by Maitland Ward and her love interest was Dylan played by Dylan Neal.

Scott Novick
Scott Novick

Jessica is Ivy’s half sister, played by Maitland Ward on the show from 1994-1996. That was the first time John Forrester was ever mentioned. John and his wife were going through a rough patch in their marriage, so John sent his daughter, Jessica, to stay with her uncle Eric and aunt Stephanie in L.A. But they just sent her – they didn’t bother to call or anything. So Jessica showed up at the Forrester mansion and was shocked to find that Stephanie had no idea she was coming, or that Eric and Stephanie were divorced. (Eric was married to Sheila at the time.) Since Stephanie pretty much had the whole mansion to herself at the time, she allowed Jessica to stay with her rather than with Eric and Sheila.

John eventually called Eric and admitted that he had sent Jessica to L.A. because he and his wife were getting a divorce. Eric and Stephanie broke the news to Jessica, who got involved with much older Forrester employee Dylan Shaw.

After John and his wife divorced, his wife showed up in LA to reconnect with her daughter. The mother was originally referred to as Hannah in conversations between Eric and Stephanie, but when we met her, they said her name was Margaret, aka Maggie (played by Barbara Crampton).

After two years of ups and downs with Dylan, including a rivalry with her mom over him, Jessica left town to join her dad (who was living in England at the time). Maggie stayed around and married James Warwick, and they were part of a triangle with Sheila.

John eventually made his way to Australia after a couple of more marriages and met Ivy’s mom.

We never saw John in the flesh until Fred Willard showed up last year. John mentioned Maggie once, but he has not mentioned Jessica at all. So Ivy has a half sister, even though it’s been just shy of two decades since we have seen her!

May King
May King

Geraldine Turner, one of Australia’s premier actresses would be PERFECT!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I know it says Australian but i believe Leslie Ann Downs could play the part…lol

vinman
vinman

Was thinking the same thought!

Carolina
Carolina

Kylie Minogue!

Half the women from the exceptional to this day “Prisoner: Cell Block H”

Harry
Harry

Rachel Ward would be perfect She’s beautiful, she’s the right age and she is an Aussie.

Joel
Joel

Kimberlin Brown. She can do accents.

Sprite
Sprite

Emma Samms would be awesome. She’s so beautiful and well known around the world, which would only boost the show’s international popularity.

Ollie
Ollie

I agree!

John T
John T

Trishy Dishy was made for it

Bonnie
Bonnie

Olivia Newton John

dimis
dimis

What about Kim Zimmer?

Mark Y
Mark Y

Love that idea

Harry
Harry

Not that scene chewer.

Noodle head
Noodle head

crystal Chappell

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Carmen Duncan comes to mind immediately.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

Connie Nielsen is 50 & Danish. She had short run last year on THE GOOD WIFE as Peter Florrick’s mistress. Don’t know if she could do an Australian accent. But, she definitely has a cosmopolitan allure & can speak 8 languages.

rey
rey
Shay
Shay

Three fine actresses from the Australian primetime soap, “A Place To Call Home” come to mind. First, there is lead Marta Dusseldorp (Sarah Adams) who possesses that tall, cool blonde, regal vibe…she is quite reminiscent of OLTL’s Jessica Tuck….There is also a set of striking brunettes: the vivacious Sara Wiseman who plays (Aunt) Carolyn Bligh and Jenni Baird who portrays the icy villainess (Aunt) Regina Standish. If the show is looking for a real battleaxe, there is also Noni Hazelhurst, who fills a killer role far older than her years as matriarch Elizabeth Bligh, but is also absolutely superb. This is a wonderful show set in the postwar/early 1950’s…all sorts of yummy storylines! I would highly recommend the program. At any rate, depending upon the “type” B&B is seeking, any of these ladies would do a bang-up job, although they are of various ages. However, due to the period drama cosmetics and costumes in which they feature, each perhaps tends to look more mature than today’s modern counterparts.

sharon white
sharon white

i think leslie anne down would be a good choice

May King
May King

ME!!!

May King
May King

GERALDINE TURNER WOULD BE A STAND OUT!!

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Amanda Setton Cast As GH’s New Brook Lynn Ashton

Former One Life to Live alum, Amanda Setton (Ex-Kimberly) is about to make her debut on General Hospital in the role of Ned (Wally Kurth)and Lois’ (formerly B&B’s Rena Sofer) daughter, Brook Lynn Ashton!

The news of the recast came via TV Line, and Setton is set to make her on-screen debut next Monday on the November 18th episode of the ABC soap.

In story, it looks like Ned and his current wife, Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) welcome Brook Lynn back to Port Charles. The role haas previously been played by Brooke Radding and Adrianne Leon.

In addition to her work as the former Mrs. Clint Buchanan in Llanview, (Kimberly started as a Las Vegas stripper who came to Llanview to help her best friend, Stacy Moraso played by Crystal Hunt) Setton has had numerous primetime roles including: Hawaii Five-0, The Crazy Ones, The Mindy Project, and Gossip Girl.

News of the return of Brook Lynn to GH comes on the heels of the return of Nikolas Cassadine now played by actor, Marcus Coloma.

What do you think of the return of Brook Lynn means for the characters of Port Charles? Who might be her romantic interest? Share your thoughts via the comment section below

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General Hospital Receives Honor From Ruderman Family Foundation

General Hospital was one of five television shows that has been named and honored by the Ruderman Family Foundation for their accurate depictions of people with disabilities.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the soap received the recognition for the casting of Maysoon Zayid who portrayed Shilohs’s (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) lawyer, Zahra Amir.

Zayid is an actress and disabilities advocate living with cerebral palsy. In addition, Maysoon is also one of America’s first Muslim women comedians.  Zayid said landing on GH was a “lifelong dream,” after finding it difficult to land roles due to her disability.

Along with GH, the foundation’s seal of authentic representation went to: Netflix’s Tales of the City and Raising Dion, and BBC/HBO’s Years and Years and Audience’s Loudermilk, great company for the ABC daytime drama series to be included with.

Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation expressed in a statement. “By giving credit where credit is due in Hollywood, we hope to inspire a broader, longer-term, industry-wide sea change when it comes to authentically casting actors of all abilities.”

In addition, Frank Valentini, executive producer of General Hospital stated: “Our goal has always been to provide stories that are authentic and relatable for our viewers. Having the opportunity to welcome Maysoon Zayid onto the show was exciting for us. She is an incredible talent and was a perfect fit to guest-star as Zahra Amir. It takes all kinds of people to tell a story; especially those that are rich and entertaining enough to resonate with our audience.”

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Networks To Preempt Daytime Programming For Donald Trump Impeachment Hearing Coverage

Just as your favorite soaps are kicking into high gear for November sweeps next week, comes the news that due to the House public impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump, daytime programming will endure several pre-mptions starting with the first two on Wednesday November 13th and Friday, November 15th.

CBS was the first network to announce their plans for their extensive coverage, and according to the Washington Post all other networks have followed suit.  By this move by the networks it gives the hearing some extra weight and exposure to the American voters and viewing audience.

So far, leading network coverage for CBS will be reportedly anchored by Norah O’Donnell and for ABC George Stephanopoulos.

On Wednesday, the hearings begin at 10am EST, the second is scheduled for Friday beginning at 11am EST.

William Taylor, the U.S. diplomat in the Ukraine, is scheduled to testify Wednesday and on Friday Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, is scheduled to testify.

The networks are expecting big numbers for covering the hearings, as they have in the past for impeachment proceedings and hearings.

No word yet how the soaps plan for you to see the episodes that don’t air at their regularly scheduled times, or if it shifts your soap viewing schedule by several days.

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Nevertheless not great timing when the soaps are revving up their stories to make you tune-in for not-to-be missed episodes.

So, what are your thoughts on what the Impeachment hearings could mean for daytime dramas in in the weeks ahead? Comment below.

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